Grammarcheck open course

English is a beautiful language. It has a great richness, variety and flexibility. But many people do not have a clear understanding of the 'nuts and bolts' of the language, which makes it difficult for them to use it accurately and confidently. Some people were not taught the basics at school. Others were, but have since forgotten most of what they learnt.

This lack of understanding can lead to a writing style that is weak, unsure of itself, and prone to mistakes. Many writers lack confidence because they feel they do not have a firm enough grasp of the basics of the language they use every day. This can lead to embarrassment, criticism from colleagues, and even complaints from customers.

We examine, in a straightforward, step-by-step way, basic grammar - punctuation, spelling, sentence construction and other related areas.

Function and parts of speech Sentence structure Punctuation Other topics
Verbs Sentences Full stops Who and whom
Adverbs Paragraphs Exclamation marks Will and shall
Nouns Lists and bullet points Question marks I and we
Pronouns Capital letters Commas 'They' as a singular pronoun
Adjectives Subjects and objects Colons Between you and me
Conjunctions Verbs: participles Semi-colons The split infinitive
Prepositions Verbs: active and passive Inverted commas Beginning a sentence with 'And', 'But' or 'Because'
Articles   Apostrophes Can we put a comma before 'and'?
    Brackets Ending a sentence with a preposition
    Dashes Five or 5?
    Hyphens Singular and plural
      Commonly confused words

Our open courses are a mixture of theory and practical exercises. Throughout the day, delegates will be asked to work on a series of exercises to reinforce what they have learned.

At the end of the course, delegates often feel that they have learnt more in one day than they learnt over many years at school. Possibly for the first time, they have had an opportunity to ask questions, explore misunderstandings, and clear up areas of doubt or confusion.

Our trainers are English graduates who have a detailed understanding of the language.

Open courses are held at venues throughout the UK.

The course timings for open courses are:

Start 9.30am
Coffee 11am
Lunch 12.30pm to 1.30pm
Coffee 3pm
Finish 4.30pm

Ordering a place on the Grammarcheck course as an open course:

If you have any questions about this course, or if you want to make a booking, please phone Terri Schabel on 01663 744409 or email terri.schabel@plainenglish.co.uk. Open courses cost £300 + VAT.

Please check our open course dates course dates for the next available course.

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